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Port Qasim Coal-fired Power Project

Category : Annual Reviews of CPEC Projects   Source : Powerchina Resources Limited   Date : 07-03-2017   

Port Qasim Coal-fired Power Project

1. Brief Introduction

Port Qasim Coal-fired Power Project is jointly developed by Powerchina Resources Limited (51% shares) and Al Mirqab Capital (49% shares), which is one of the largest Priority Implementation Projects in the energy sector of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

The Project is located in the Port Qasim Industrial Park, 37 km southeast of Karachi, and consists of plant, jetty and channel. The Plant adopts the world’s leading technology - supercritical thermal technology with gross capacity of 2*660 MW. The construction work commenced in May 2015 with the power generation of the 1st unit to be scheduled at the end of December 2017, and Commercial Operating Date (COD) will be reached in June 2018.

The total investment of Project is approximately 2.085 billion USD, with the ratio of equity and debt approximately 25%:75%. Debt will be arranged by the sponsors from the Export-Import Bank of China (China EXIM Bank), without increasing the financial burden of Government of Pakistan. The Investment Agreements were signed under the witness of H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China and H.E. Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan during President Xi’s visit to Pakistan in April 2015, and financial closing was reached in December 2015.

2. Latest Progress

Financing and Equity Injection: USD 305.4 million (i.e. 58.3% of total equity) has been injected by the shareholders, Powerchina Resources Ltd. and AMC, Qatar. Cumulative utilizations of loan amounting to USD 895 million (i.e. 57.56% of total loan) have been made from China EXIM Bank.

Power Plant Construction: 55% of the Power Plant construction has completed, including 78% of civil work and 28% of installation work. 34 milestones were reached in 2016, i.e. 117% of the total 29 milestones as per schedule.

Jetty & Channel Construction: 85% of the Jetty & Channel construction has completed. 31 milestones were reached in 2016, i.e. 119% of the total 26 milestones as per schedule.

3. Company Social Responsibility (CSR)

3.1 Creating more jobs for talented engineers, graduates and skilled labors

A recruitment interview of Pakistani graduates was held at Karachi at the end of July 2016 and 16,000 engineers submitted the application online for the jobs. After prudent screening, testing and interviewing the candidates, 104 young and dynamic engineers were selected and sent to China for a 5-month training. They will be back to the Project site after finishing training sessions to take charge of the installation and commissioning of the unit, as well as the operation and maintenance (O&M) work. The Project directly creates over 5000 job opportunities to Pakistani engineers and labors during construction period, and will annually create around 300 job opportunities to Pakistani manpower during operation period.

3.2 Full payment of all taxes and promote the increasing of local fiscal income

Till the end of 2016, the Project Company has paid in full all applicable taxes amounting to USD 35 million to Pakistani Government, including the Federal Taxes, Provincial Taxes, Sales Tax, and Tariff, and fulfilled all the obligations as a responsible taxpayer, which has contributed to the increase of local fiscal income effectively.

3.3 Adopts the high standard of environmental protection technology

Fueled by coal, the Project adopts the world’s leading supercritical thermal technology. The environmentally friendly operation including seawater desalination and flue gas desulfurization will help saving the freshwater, and preventing the surrounding marine ecosystem of the Project from the damages and hazards.

Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) granted approvals of environmental impact assessment of the power plant and jetty respectively on 17 June 2014 and 30 January 2015, after detailed evaluation procedures including rounds of public hearings attended by local residents, communities, government authorities, factories, NGOs, fisheries' association, research institutes and the media. In addition, the environmental protection technology also meets the environmental standards of World Bank as well.

3.4 Greatly relieves the power shortage

The annual energy output is around 9000GWh after COD, which is able to support 3-4 million families’ daily power consumption and will help relieving the power shortage.